A Day in the Balkans…
We travelled to Bosnia & Herzegovina for a day trip when we were spending a week’s holiday in Croatia, as the southern city of Mostar is very close to Dubrovnik. The only thing I had previously known about Bosnia & Herzegovina was that it participated in the Eurovision and I could never pronounce the second part! (I still cannot)
Our trip just included a visit to Kravice Waterfalls and to the medieval city of Mostar, but we would have loved to explore more of this fascinating country.
Firstly, the Amazing Kravice Falls
From Dubrovnik, we travelled a few short hours to get to the border of Bosnia & Herzegovina. After a quick passport check, we moved on to Kravice Falls. The waterfall was such an amazing sight, the pictures really do not do it justice! You could even swim in the water, surrounded by small fish, and take in the fantastic views. Unfortunately, it was not permitted to carry out religious rituals. Damn it! We had really been hoping to perform a baptism at the waterfall!
Next Up: On to Mostar
Mostar is a small city about 40km from Kravice, rich in culture and beauty. The old Turkish-style houses and Stari Most bridge make the city a beautifully picturesque place to visit. Plus, it is super cheap! The currency is Bosnian Mark, and coming from Dubrovnik, (which was kind of expensive due to it being such a popular tourist destination), we found the prices here to be very reasonable! For instance, we got a drink in a cocktail bar called Ljetna Bašta Oscar for less than €3 euro per cocktail. They were pretty strong too! See their Facebook page here.
Ljetna Bašta Oscar cocktail bar.
Wandering through the old streets with Ottoman houses makes you feel as though you are in a different century and the traditional way of life is fascinating to see. Tourism also brings a lot to the city, and the locals were very welcoming and friendly to visitors. (He may not look happy below but I think I caught him off guard!) Bosnia & Herzegovina was actually voted the 8th friendliest nation towards tourists in 2013.
Markets along the old streets of Mostar.
The Old Bridge (Stari Most) that connects two parts of the city is a famous landmark in Mostar, and our tour guide told us that many of the locals try to get money from tourists in return for jumping into the water!
Views from the Old Bridge.
The best way to get around the cobbled streets is by foot, although it can get very hot in Mostar, with temperatures reaching above 40°C at times. I guess if you get too hot you can always take a page out of the local’s book and jump from the Old Bridge! (Just kidding)
Old streets of Mostar.
The site that we booked our trip through can be found here. (You also get it at a discounted rate if you have booked accommodation through them, so we got our day trip for around €50)